Acne

Acne is a disease that affects the oil-producing glands (sebaceous glands) in the skin. The oil these glands make is called sebum. Sebaceous glands produce very little sebum before puberty, but during puberty, they start to make larger quantities due to an increase in hormones that follows puberty. Sebum normally flows up to the skin surface through hair follicles. Acne occurs when the path of sebum is blocked, usually by dead skin cells mixed with sebum. The hormones that have the greatest effect on the sebaceous glands are the male hormones called androgens. Both women and men carry male hormones, of course, in different quantities.

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Acne and your hormones. Your hormones also affect the way your skin grows and sheds dead cells during this time of your life-they can stick together and clog your pores. Sebum builds up in the follicle, becomes infected leading to the basic acne pimple. In some cases, the follicle becomes so full that it bursts (squeezing can also cause the follicle to burst). Inflammation and redness can then spread to surrounding parts of the skin. The result is a large and painful lump under the skin called an acne nodule. Acne nodules often leave scars when they heal.

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Contrary to what you may have heard, greasy foods and foods, in general, do not cause acne, neither does poor hygiene. Scrubbing with cleansers or a harsh cloth is not likely to clear it up and may actually worsen it.  Oral antibiotics are typically reserved for moderate to severe cases that involve the formation of nodules.

For patients with severe acne, early intervention is key to preventing acne scarring. For this reason, you need to see Dr. Claiborne who will prescribe proper treatment and topical and/or oral medications.

For patients with existing acne scars, there are several ways to lessen the appearance of acne scarring. Check out our Fraxel Resurfacing Treatments or give us a call if you have questions or are ready to schedule your consultation.

Locations

We have offices conveniently located in Chalmette, Uptown, and Elmwood. Call today to schedule your appointment at 504-895-4339 anytime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, complete the short form below to have our staff contact you when we re-open.

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